Trami bat­ters south­ern China

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By SUN LI in Fuzhou WANG QIAN in Bei­jing

Typhoon Trami has slammed into south­ern China, bring­ing with it tor­ren­tial rain, while the coun­try’s north­east is tack­ling se­vere flood­ing that has left hun­dreds of peo­ple dead or miss­ing.

Trami, the 12th typhoon to hit the main­land this year, made land­fall in the coastal ar­eas of Fuqing, Fu­jian prov­ince, at 2:40 am on Thurs­day, pack­ing winds of up to 126 km per hour at its cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to the Fu­jian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter.

Tor­ren­tial down­pours struck the cities of Fuzhou, Ningde, Pu­tian and San­ming on Thurs­day morn­ing, and 191 coun­ties and towns in the prov­ince had re­ceived more than 100 mm of rain as of 7 am, the cen­ter said.

As it moves west into Jiangxi prov­ince, Trami will weaken into a trop­i­cal storm or a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion, ac­cord­ing to the National Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter.

The Fu­jian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter cau­tioned against pos­si­ble street flood­ing in ur­ban ar­eas and mud­slides in moun­tain­ous re­gions caused by the lin­ger­ing heavy down­pours.

Chen Yan­qing, a res­i­dent of Changle, said the storm is big­ger than Soulik, the typhoon that hit the prov­ince last month.

“Strong winds blew off clay roof tiles of my house, and the rain poured into the kitchen. I could not sleep well all night,” Chen said.

Lin Xin­ping, an of­fi­cial with Ping­tan county govern­ment, said the strong winds top­pled trees and knocked over bill­boards, block­ing streets and cre­at­ing traf­fic jams on Thurs­day morn­ing.

The Fu­jian Provin­cial Depart­ment of Ocean and Fish­eries said on Thurs­day that as of 6 pm Wed­nes­day, 37,157 fish­ing boats had re­turned to port and 152,200 peo­ple had been re­lo­cated as the typhoon ap­proached.

Ac­cord­ing to the Fu­jian Provin­cial Flood Con­trol and Drought Re­lief Head­quar­ters, as of 11 pm Wed­nes­day, 189,800 res­i­dents liv­ing in work sheds or di­lap­i­dated houses in low-ly­ing ar­eas had moved to safer places.

Traf­fic was se­ri­ously af­fected, as 64 flights to and from the Fuzhou air­port had been can­celed since Wed­nes­day. In ad­di­tion, the in­ter­city high-speed train ser­vice be­tween Fuzhou and Xi­a­men, and be­tween Longyan and Xi­a­men was halted on Thurs­day and will re­main sus­pended on Fri­day.

The Shang­hai Rail­way Sta­tion de­clared on Wed­nes­day night that 15 trains de­part­ing for coastal cities such as Xi­a­men; Fuzhou, Fu­jian prov­ince; and Wen­zhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, have been halted.

The Shang­hai Rail­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion on Thurs­day tem­po­rar­ily halted 28 high­speed trains that pass through Fuzhou and Xi­a­men.

Trami was the sec­ond typhoon to hit South China this month.

Last week, Typhoon Utor tore through China’s south­ern re­gions, leav­ing 70 peo­ple dead and an­other 18 miss­ing, the Min­istry of Civil Af­fairs said on Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, Guang­dong prov­ince had the most typhoon-re­lated ca­su­al­ties, with 43 re­ported deaths as of 9 am Thurs­day. The storms have af­fected more than 8 mil­lion peo­ple and caused di­rect eco­nomic losses of more than 13 bil­lion yuan ($2.12 bil­lion) in Guang­dong.

While South China is bat­tling the storms, north­east­ern China is fight­ing its worst floods in the past five decades, with more tor­ren­tial rains ex­pected next week, ac­cord­ing to the National Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter.

The cen­ter said that from Sun­day to Thurs­day, heavy rains are ex­pected in Liaon­ing, Jilin and Sichuan prov­inces and the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion. The cen­ter told res­i­dents to be on the alert and urged lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to re­in­force river em­bank­ments.

The lat­est statis­tics re­leased by the Min­istry of Civil Af­fairs showed that as of Tues­day, floods have caused crop fail­ures across 853,200 hectares of farm­land in Liaon­ing, Jilin and Hei­longjiang prov­inces.

The num­ber of ca­su­al­ties rose to 63 on Wed­nes­day in Liaon­ing with an­other 101 still miss­ing, the govern­ment said.

The State Flood Con­trol and Drought Re­lief Head­quar­ters said the cen­tral govern­ment has al­lo­cated about 2.3 bil­lion yuan ($376 mil­lion) to flood­hit re­gions so far. Con­tact the writ­ers at sunli@ chi­ and wangqian@chi­ Wu Ni in Shang­hai con­trib­uted to the story

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